“This is a surprisingly common phenomenon after floods,” 彼は言った.
“When we get these types of very heavy rains and flooding, these animals who spend their lives cryptically on the ground can’t live there anymore, and do exactly what we try to do — they move to the higher ground,” 彼が追加した.
Hochuli said the arachnids responsible were sheet web spiders, which normally live on the ground.
The phenomenon is known as ballooning
. ザ・ Australian Museum’s website states that the process involves spiders
“ascending to a high point on foliage and letting out fine silk lines that catch the breeze and eventually gain enough lift to waft the spider up and away.
The website adds: “Simultaneous ballooning by thousands of spiderlings can result in a remarkable carpet of silk, called gossamer, covering shrubs or fields.”
While the eight-legged creatures take shelter on higher ground, the work of emergency services in the region continues.
“We can see mother nature can be beautiful but she can also be destructive
,” Carolyn Crossley
, a local councilor
, wrote on her Facebook page
, noting that hundreds of homes in the area remained without power
Victoria state’s emergency management commissioner, Andrew Crisp, said on Twitter that he traveled to the area on Sunday.
“Work continues on relief and recovery,” 彼は言った.
The storms have wreaked havoc across Victoria
. アン injured mother and son were rescued by police officers on June
9 after a tree branch fell on their home
And at least two people in the state have died amid the crisis
. オン 六月 10
, police discovered a man’s body in flood waters after his car was almost submerged
. The following
, day a woman’s body was found in a vehicle in the flood waters